Ms. Sturges graduated with her Bachelor of Science Degree in Food and Nutrition from Pacific Union College in the Napa Valley. She then completed a Masters of Public Health in Nutrition Degree from Loma Linda University with a public health internship at San Bernardino County Public Health Department and a clinical internship at Stanford University Medical Center. While working as a Registered Dietitian at the St. Helena Hospital and Health Center, Ms. Sturges did lecturing and cooking classes for the McDougall Program, the Chemical Dependency Program and Smoking Cessation Program.
Following this, Ms. Sturges became the Nutrition Department Director for the Behavioral Medicine Center in Redlands, California. It is here that she began her eating disorder specialization. Ms. Sturges provided assessment and treatment for multiple units including the children’s program, adolescent services and chemical dependency unit. Since relocating to the Pacific Northwest in 1993, she has consulted with Kootenai Behavioral Health Center, working with patients who have eating issues and weight concerns. She has been committed to the treatment of eating disorders for the past fifteen years and has done public speaking and in-services to health professionals on this topic, working to educate people on the myths and appropriate treatment modalities effective in this population.
Ms. Sturges’ dedication to comprehensive assessment, treatment and follow up was her motivation to create an environment where adolescents and young adults could experience a healthy balance between the realms of diet, exercise, personal reflection and education. Her clinical experience with drug-nutrient interactions and psychotropic medications, weight management, body image work and the overall impact of nutrition upon mental health stability provides Innercept with a level of specialization not usually found in the residential community.
Responsibilities: Nutrition assessment and education, billing, AR and AP, and admissions work.